Christine Jefimchuk 1922 - Dec 27, 2015


CHRISTINE JEFIMCHUK On Sunday, December 27, 2015, Christine (Marchinko) Jefimchuk's soul went to join her family and friends who left before her, and her Lord in Heaven. She will be extremely missed and always remembered by her only daughter Orysia Koster; son-in-law Dennis Koster; svacha Jean Koster; son-in-law's brother, Raymond Koster; as well as husband Volodymyr's cousin Halyna Muchin and her daughters, Svitlana Muchin and Taisa (Muchin) Ballard, and Volodymyr's nephew and godson, Mark Dobrohorsky; as well as lifelong friend, Eva Chomynec and many nieces and nephews in Ukraine. Christine was born on May 28, 1922, the first child of Maria and Osyp Marchinko in the selo of Vynnyky, Drohobytsky rayon, Lvivska oblast, Western Ukraine. She was sister to brother, Ivan Marchinko, and sister, Rozalia Picur. In November, 1942, she like many of her generation was taken by the Germans to work in Germany as a forced labourer. At first she worked at an ammunition factory and after she had an accident where she lost her right thumb nail, she worked at a winery. Mama had a very positive outlook, and an outgoing personality with a great sense of humour. She believed that God would always look after her and her family. This faith helped her to overcome illnesses and get through the Second World War in Germany. After the war, Mama chose to go to England where she met Volodymyr Jefimchuk, a Ukrainian young man who was enlisted in the English army. They married on July 12, 1949. Together they lived in Halifax, England. In January, 1952, Tato's aunt, Tetiana Yanchyk sponsored Mama and Tato to Canada, specifically Winnipeg. Here they settled and became active in the Ukrainian community. They became members of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Canadian Ukrainian Institute Prosvita and the Ukrainian Youth Association. Their only child Orysia was born on November 26, 1954. Christine made sure that Orysia knew God as well as the Ukrainian language. Mama loved her garden, and making preserves. She also loved to embroider. Her house was filled with embroidered pillows, dresses and such. Her family was important to her and she sent parcels to help her Ukrainian nieces, nephews and her Ukrainian siblings. Tato passed away on October 31, 1989 and shortly after, Mama began a new chapter in her life. In 1991 Christine sold her house on Church Avenue and moved to the seniors' apartment, St. Mary the Protectress Villa, 800 Burrows Avenue, attached to St. Mary the Protectress Cathedral. Here she enjoyed living in the Villa for more than 20 years, from March, 1991 to August, 2011. In April of 2012, Christine entered the last chapter of her life, moving to Holy Family Home where she lived happily and contently until her passing. A special thanks to Dr. Taras Babick, the nursing staff, health care aides and housekeeping staff of 2A Sacred Heart Unit for making her home there such a happy one. Funeral service will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 2 at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 820 Burrows Ave. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, West St. Paul, MB. Thank you to pallbearers, Roman Chomynec, Joe Lesiuk, Roman Lisniak, Myron Matwiczuk, Raymond Koster and Mark Dobrohorsky. Special thanks to The Very Rev. Archpriest Gregory Mielnik. You may choose to make a donation in Christine's memory to a charity of your choice. VICHNAYA PAMYAT REST IN PEACE, MAMA KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-956-2193

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